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First International Digital Media Meeting (PRIMN)
July 1-22, 2005




Press kit

June 29, 2005

Find out more about the PRIMN at:

The PRIMN award ceremony : a "must attend" event

for the press and media!
Friday 22 July, 11 :15 a.m. at the Forum des Images in Paris, Forum des Halles

Grand Foyer/ room 300

Come and meet the 29 students in the First International Digital Media Meeting (PRIMN) from 24 countries and 4 continents, along with all involved in the PRIMN, for the closing day !
Programme: Talks from the officials of the PRIMN partners, the PRIMN awards ceremony, showing of digital creative work, and a cocktail reception.
For any further information, any means to meet students and partners in First International Digital Media Meeting on 22 July or at any other time:


Grégoire IGERT

ICT Department

T. +33 1 43 17 84 80

F. +33 1 43 17 83 80

First International Digital Media Meeting

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has invited thirty students from 24 countries in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa to France, from July 1st to 22nd, 2005. There they will visit the leading French multimedia and digital design schools and some of our most prestigious studios in three regions (Nord Pas-de-Calais, Ile-de-France, and Poitou-Charentes) offering a vast wealth of facilities for training, creation and distribution in the field of digital culture.

During their travels, students will meet with artists, researchers and technicians active in the various sectors of online and interactive digital imaging. They will also attend a series of lectures at top French schools, universities and other training centres in the field.
The operation is designed primarily to support French schools in their efforts to forge lasting links with schools abroad, and to identify countries where fresh talent is emerging. The operation is also intended to showcase French know-how and to encourage students taking part in PRIMN—as future opinion-formers and decision-makers—to preserve links with France, its training centres and its know-how.
The 24 countries taking part in PRIMN are: Algeria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Central African Republic, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Laos, Niger, Philippines, Senegal, South Korea, Sweden, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Leading schools in France and abroad. This project was initiated by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is supported by representatives of the most important French training bodies, backed by front-rank institutions and industrial firms. PRIMN’s Steering Committee features an impressive line-up of top-ranked schools, including Supinfocom in Valenciennes; the Le Fresnoy National Studio of Contemporary Arts in Tourcoing; Gobelins Ecole des Images (school for graphic arts), the Media and IT workshop at the French National Training Institute for Decorative Arts (ENSAD), and the French National Audiovisual Institute (Ina) in Paris; as well as the Angoulême Ecole des Métiers de la Création Infographique (school of computer graphics technologies). These schools have played a very active role in planning the PRIMN programme, in the recruitment of foreign students specializing in digital media (2D/3D animation, computer graphics, multimedia, programming, etc.), and in the overall conception of the event.

Front-rank institutional and industrial partners. PRIMN has also gathered a highly proactive group of partners and sponsors, each of which has contributed to the event within its own sphere or speciality.

  • Sony is lending each student a VAIO laptop computer during their stay in France to enable them to work on their projects as part of a competition organized by the website of ARTE, the European cultural TV channel,

  • The prize to be awarded to the winner of the competition, on July 22, will be offered by Sony and NVIDIA.

  • NVIDIA will invite students to spend half a day at the Electronic Sports World Cup at the Louvre, on July 8, to meet with gamers and videogames publishers.

  • Ubisoft is providing logistical support for PRIMN, placing its studios and developers at the students’ disposal during their visit, and will also be giving them some games.

  • International Association of Francophone Mayors and City Officials (AIMF). The AIMF is funding grants for 8 students from Francophone countries in the Southern hemisphere, to cover their living expenses in France for the duration of PRIMN.

  • The website of ARTE, the European cultural TV channel,, is a major PRIMN partner, not only because its team has been involved in PRIMN’s planning from the outset, but also by putting online a whole section specially dedicated to PRIMN,, comprising:

    • the students’ dossiers,

    • their projects,

    • information about all participating schools in France and abroad,

    • a forum to enable students to communicate with each other before and after the PRIMN.

Also, the team will play an active role in the running of the event, offering students numerous opportunities to do creative work on new projects, etc.

A helping hand from 30 embassies. Audiovisual and cultural attachés at more than 30 embassies in France have been helping with the arrangements for the PRIMN since December 2003. These embassies are playing a crucial role in the organization to the event by:

  • funding students’ living expenses,

  • organizing recruitment in their home countries and submitting applications to the Steering Committee in Paris,

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